The 2013 Young Turks of CE, Part 2

John Benz, Director of Power and Accessories, CORE Brands

Kordon Vaughn, Director of Listen & Watch Products, Control4

Cat Toomey, Director of Marketing, URC

Trent Mulligan, Sales and Marketing Manager, AVocation Systems

Gavin Reeg, Product Manager, Klipsch Group, Inc.

Matt Curtain, Director of U.S. Sales, 3vNet

Laura Neuwirth Lazzerini, Project Manager & Electronic Architect, Studio LGL

Greg Barbone, Product Specialist, Meridian America

Paul Pirro, Vice-President of Operations and Product Management, TINT WORLD

Bryan Gorog, Owner & President, BCG Concepts, Inc.

Eric Thies, Owner, DSI Entertainment Systems

Kevin Lambidonis, President, DES

John Benz, Director of Power and Accessories, CORE Brands

Kordon Vaughn, Director of Listen & Watch Products, Control4

Cat Toomey, Director of Marketing, URC

Trent Mulligan, Sales and Marketing Manager, AVocation Systems

Gavin Reeg, Product Manager, Klipsch Group, Inc.

Matt Curtain, Director of U.S. Sales, 3vNet

Laura Neuwirth Lazzerini, Project Manager & Electronic Architect, Studio LGL

Greg Barbone, Product Specialist, Meridian America

Paul Pirro, Vice-President of Operations and Product Management, TINT WORLD

Bryan Gorog, Owner & President, BCG Concepts, Inc.

Eric Thies, Owner, DSI Entertainment Systems

Kevin Lambidonis, President, DES

Blazing trails in all facets of our industry’s businesses, these rising professionals share the passion, drive and distinction of Young Turks. Enjoy learning more about them all this week, in no particular order.

John Benz
Director of Power and Accessories, CORE Brands
When Panamax acquired Furman in 2006, John was instrumental in integrating Furman brand marketing with Panamax. He developed the complementary brand story and identity to grow both brands into category-leading market shares across all resale channels. To raise awareness of the power management category and assist resellers in attachment selling techniques, John has created numerous promotional vehicles. In addition, he developed the brand identity for Panamax/Furman’s BlueBOLT technology, expanding the company’s reach into the energy management category. John now heads the Power and Accessories division of the CORE Brands.


Kordon Vaughn
Director of Listen & Watch Products, Control4
Kordon is focused on creating the next generation of Control4 products. Most recently leading the development team in the creation of the company’s award-winning HC-250 and HC-800 controllers. He and his team have also worked closely with Sony to integrate Control4 technology into their new line of ES Receivers. Vaughn says that he is keenly focused on performance, reliability and innovative tools that simplify installations and provide Control4 dealers with the ability to introduce automation to a broader market of consumers.


Cat Toomey
Director of Marketing, URC
Cat is responsible for URC marketing strategy, including all branding, advertising and promotional activity. Cat is a well-known, passionate leader to those in the professional installation channel, having distinguished service working for such CI names as ELAN Home Systems, AMX Corporation and Escient Technologies. At Escient, Cat virtually single-handedly spearheaded the industry’s paradigm shift toward the concept of “music servers,” which today is a global industry product category. She is especially excited about helping URC dealers with unique programs and capitalizing on the many new forms of media to promote and grow their businesses.

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